BT brinjal | A Protest Against Poisonous food
The controversy of BT Brinjal in India is increasing day by day and the protest has taken media attention. Supreme Court of India has advised the company to test the B.T. Brinjal on field, and it will only be approved after two years. Lets explore the BT Brinjal here, and get what you want to know about BT Brinjal..
What actually is the BT Brinjal?
BT Brinjal is a result of modification in genes of Brinjal by use of genetic engineering of our booming biotechnology.
The gene of a particular bacteria is inserted in the structure of gene of natural Brinjal, so that the resultant hybrid brinjal can produce a new protene, which changes it's properties and makes it poisonous to kill all pests and insects. The insects named SFB destroy a huge amount of crops approximately Rs 1000 crore.
Why is it named BT? What is BT?
The bacteria, whose gene is used to make this change in the structure of Brinjal is Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT), this is why the name BT Brinjal is derived.
Have you heard of BT Cotton?
Same as the BT Brinjal, BT Cotton was also produced by inserting the genes of same BT Bacteria. Which Indian farmers have been cultivating for 8 years.
But, brinjal is a food which may have enough danger for human body.
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About Maharstra Hybrid Seeds Company
The Company Mahyco is based in Maharashtra. The company researched BT crops in collaboration with an American company MONSANTO. The trial was begin in the fields in 2006 after the six years of research.
How Does BT Crop kill insects?
When insects suck the food from BT crops, the poison enters in their body and reaches at the intestine. The the nutrlisation of Base and Acid takes place which causes damage in their stomach killing insects. So, BT crops require no or less amount of insecticide, saving some money.
Why to Protest BT Brinjal and Other BT Foods?
In Recent days Scientists, Peasant and NGOs started protesting the BT Brinjal to protect humans, animals and the environment. Many organizations have headed to Supreme Court of India to prohibit the cultivation of BT Brinjal and other BT Foods. Many state governments have already announced that they will not allow the cultivation of BT Brinjal. Since very adverse effects have been seen in BT Cotton.
Scientists have estimated that the use of BT Brinjal further can make insects resistant of insecticides or any antibiotic medicine. So any use of insecticides and pesticides wont work eventually.
BT Brinjals have been tested only on few mice in the labs, which is not enough to be approved for cultivation.
These Brinjals may affect the human body, and it's not safe to eat.
BT crops require huge amount of water for the irrigation. We also know that irrigation is a big problem in India due to irregular monsoon.
BT Crops in Other Countries
Cultivation of BT crops is allowed in America, Brazil, Canada, Argentina, China, India, Paragy and South Africa. However it's prohibited in Thailand, Japan, Algeria, Shrilanka, Austria, Hungry, Germany, France, Spain and some more countries of Europe.
So, I think the property or the advantage by which BT Brinjal can become poisonous to killing insects, became it's biggest disadvantage. There are various safe methods already available- by the hybridization of different breads of brinjals of desired property, instead of making any harmful genetic changes.
Because we all love our lives, we should protest BT foods. I invite all bloggers to come and show the protest against BT Brinjal.
This was to give you some information about BT Brinjal. Do you have any other info, please share it here! What are your views about BT Brinjal and other BT crops?